After Making All-Time High, Is Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK)’s Near-Term Analysis Positive?

April 16, 2018 - By Ellis Scott

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Investors sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.05, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 28 investors sold Verisk Analytics, Inc. shares while 156 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes. 144.47 million shares or 3.50% less from 149.72 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.
National Pension has invested 0.09% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Blackrock holds 0.04% or 9.75M shares. Td Asset Mngmt reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Comml Bank Of Mellon Corp holds 1.20M shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. State Of Wisconsin Invest Board owns 275,261 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Limited accumulated 0.57% or 396,887 shares. Westpac Corp reported 9,569 shares stake. Carroll Fincl Assocs Inc accumulated 253 shares. Dimensional Fund Advsrs Limited Partnership owns 573,025 shares or 0.02% of their US portfolio. Tortoise Limited Co reported 5 shares stake. 182,946 are owned by Harvey Investment Limited Liability Co. Stephens Investment Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company owns 0.81% invested in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 369,540 shares. Kornitzer Capital Management Inc Ks has invested 0.61% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Keybank Association Oh holds 9,265 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Louisiana State Employees Retirement Sys has invested 0.04% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK).

Since October 20, 2017, it had 4 buys, and 15 sales for $45.31 million activity. LEHMAN JOHN F sold $748,865 worth of stock. Thompson Kenneth E sold 104,431 shares worth $10.97M. Another trade for 73,587 shares valued at $7.37 million was made by BROWN HYATT J on Friday, February 23. MILLS ANDREW G also sold $289,140 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) shares. Foskett Christopher M had sold 8,500 shares worth $888,250. Shares for $718,407 were sold by IORDANOU CONSTANTINE.

The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) reached all time high today, Apr, 16 and still has $112.34 target or 5.00 % above today’s $106.99 share price. This indicates more upside for the $17.67 billion company. This technical setup was reported by Barchart.com. If the $112.34 PT is reached, the company will be worth $883.40 million more.
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The stock increased 1.49% or $1.57 during the last trading session, reaching $106.99. About 153,738 shares traded. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 27.59% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.04% the S&P500.

Analysts await Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) to report earnings on May, 1. They expect $0.92 earnings per share, up 24.32 % or $0.18 from last year’s $0.74 per share. VRSK’s profit will be $151.93 million for 29.07 P/E if the $0.92 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.81 actual earnings per share reported by Verisk Analytics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.58 % EPS growth.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Ratings Coverage

Among 12 analysts covering Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Verisk Analytics had 26 analyst reports since October 23, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Sunday, December 10 by RBC Capital Markets. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $90 target in Thursday, November 2 report. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Tuesday, October 31 with “Hold”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Hold” on Thursday, January 18. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Thursday, December 21 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, January 22. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Wednesday, January 31 by Morgan Stanley. J.P. Morgan upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, February 22 report. As per Monday, January 8, the company rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Thursday, February 22.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions for clients in the insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, and risk management markets in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $17.67 billion. The company's Risk Assessment segment offers solutions to property and casualty insurance clients and focuses on prediction of loss, and selection and pricing of risk. It has a 32.52 P/E ratio. The Company’s solutions include industry-standard insurance programs that help P&C insurers in defining coverage and issue policies; actuarial services to help its clients analyze and price their risks; and customized services that include assisting with the development of independent insurance programs, analysis of their own underwriting experience, development of classification systems and rating plans, and other business decisions, as well as supplies information to various clients in other markets.

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